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March 2012

Cover Story
Ohio Victorious in 2011 Facilities Race
A re-engineered approach to business development with a return-on-investment focus is already bearing fruit in Gov. John Kasich’s new administration.
Top Metros Of 2011
The Fast Track To No. 1
A rapidly expanding economy propels Houston to the top spot among the nation’s largest cities.
Top Micropolitans of 2011
A Dynasty of Deals
A decade of dominance culminates in another Top Micropolitan ranking for Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
Wind Energy
The Gale and the Lull
If ’13 is unlucky for the wind power industry in the U.S., it’s ready to go elsewhere.
Generic Growth
Expiring patents figure to propel massive increases in revenue.
Airport Cities
Southeast Michigan Builds an Aerotropolis
Advocates of the Detroit Region Aerotropolis hope its two airports and other infrastructure attributes will help the initiative take off.
Top Industries of 2011
Grow Where You’re Planted
Regional Headquarters
Divisional Headquarters’ Role Gains Focus
Regional headquarters still play a role for many organizations, but business units are increasingly being centralized to maximize cost and labor-supply advantages.
Southwest Louisiana & Acadiana
The Game Changer
The Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana region supplies energy to the world and skilled workers for expanding companies.
San Bernardino County, California
Taking Care of Business
Workforce development programs make San Bernardino County a manufacturing magnet in Southern California.
North Carolina Global TransPark
That’s The Spirit
A recent investment by Spirit AeroSystems at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston is paving the way for a local aerospace cluster that could soon number in the thousands of workers.
Greater Fort Lauderdale
Changing Minds
Greater Fort Lauderdale alters perceptions of business executives around the world. Payoff comes in headquarters, plants and other expansions.
Ports, Rails, Parks
Positioning for the Future
The Panamal Canal Effect
Real Estate Service Providers
Not Every Corporate Real Estate Construction Service Partner Is Created Equal
Growing Retail Centers
The Bar Is Raised for Retail Site Selection
Traffic counts are more important than ever, as retailers look for the best locations.
Republic of Korea
Home Country Hub
Big investments by big companies come on the heels of KORUS approval, but aren’t necessarily U.S.-focused.
North American Reports
Aftermarket; Compensation Trends Drive Reshoring?; Energy Growth Fattens Wallets?; Major Greenfield Investment in Mexico; Visa Processing in Brazil and China; Graduate School attendance;
World Reports
Brick Work; Cambodia’s First Motor Plant; Energizing Europe; BASF Plans €1-Billion Expansion; Renault-Nissan Plant Goes Green; ‘Morning Star’ Rises
Brazil Closes the Direct Investment Gap
The giant of South American economies has no plans to slow its growth rate.
Central America
Central America In 2012
Capital investors should take note of this region’s economic growth and stability, says an expert on the region and on finding locations in which IT and other enterprises can succeed.
R&D Crossroads
Dow Corning grows its Belgian portfolio.
IAMC Insider
The Innovation Gene
A Letter from the Chair, Member News & Notes and more...
‘The Box That Must Be Checked’
Gov. Mitch Daniels just made Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state, a move that already is altering the Midwest location equation. Companies near and far are taking notice.
South Central States
Digital Diversity
App developers and data centers lend the region a high-tech edge.
California Recovery Strong, if Uneven
A sluggish real estate market keeps unemployment in double digits, but technology is helping to reverse the tide.
Takeoff Velocity
An aerospace cluster quietly climbs to altitude in Rockford.
Good Medicine
Life sciences, logistics among sectors showing vitality.
Mississippi River Corridor
Minnesota and Louisiana counties tie for top billing. Louisiana dominates the river count.
New Mexico
Barrier Removal
New Mexico’s competitiveness picks up steam. The governor wants to see more.
Data Driven Journey
A wave of mission-critical facilities and anchor institution teamwork points the way to Minnesota’s future.
All In Good Time
Patience pays off at a megasite near Athens.
Develop Here — But Not There?
Baltimore is making room for new headquarters projects as Maryland communities mull a new land use plan that could discourage development in rural areas seeking it.
Northeast States
Thinking Ahead
Companies find minds are a wonderful thing to employ.
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